February 16, 2012

Police oversight committee considers dashboard cameras for Metro

After dashboard video was released showing Henderson police officers holding down and kicking a man experiencing a diabetic episode, some lawmakers have suggested equipping Las Vegas police cars with dashboard cameras.

Chris Collins, executive director of the Las Vegas Police Protective Association, however, considers the cameras a piece of "safety equipment" that could only be considered during union negotiations. Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak says if money can be found, they should be installed immediately.

Dashboard cameras, though, could give peace of mind to both the public and the officers. The public would know that police misconduct is being videotaped and would give them a chance to prove in court they were mistreated at the hands of police, while officers could use the video to prove they did nothing wrong if a false claim of mistreatment was made.